Summercore 2002
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Steve Bergen

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Happy 01 01 11 (Summercore Update)

It has been a while since I have sent out a Summercore Update note and so in the spirit of the new year (yes, 1/1/03 in binary is 01 01 11), I will try to write a few paragraphs to re-connect with you, hoping that your old e-mail address that you gave us when you left Summercore still works!

The first thing to note is that my new e-mail address is ... we would love to hear from you and hope that your Summercore experience has helped you make progress with technology at your school.

As many of you know, I made a decision to leave Nobles and take a job in New York City at The Chapin School as CIO for the 2002-2003 year. The job began on
the 9th of July -- right after I got back from our first Summercore in Florida. Lynne and I had found an apartment in Manhattan back in April and we moved in during early June. Because Lynne's work commitments for this year (Nobles, Park, Thayer) prevented her from leaving Massachusetts, we decided that for one year, we would have a five day commuter marriage.


"Going to the Chapin School
but I'm still gonna stay married ... "


I left that Tuesday July9th for my first day of work at 3AM, hoping to get to NYC before the morning traffic. About an hour west of Boston, my car broke down and I had to get towed back to Boston. This must have been G-d's challenge to me to see if I could really deal with Plan B. Determined to rise to the challenge, I took a cab from the service station at 5:33 am, caught the 6:33am Acela train to NYC and got to Chapin by 11am for my first day of work!

Lynne and I were indeed nervous about whether or not Summercore would work in Manhattan and the anxiety of July was immense. We had two Summercore sessions at Chapin and scrambled in July to make arrangements with local sandwich places so that we could provide the usual Summercore food environment. We found a perfect hotel on the East side of Manhattan close to the school. Chapin colleagues whom I barely knew were absolutely wonderful in making the environment work and helping us. We hired one Chapin student to work the first week of Summercore for us and she was an immense help. And the charms of New York City truly worked in our favor. Our summercore daily schedule changed to include no evenings and many out-of-towners took great advantage of the city in the evenings, eating out, going to shows and exploring parts of the city. So despite our anxities about moving Summercore to NYC, we are now convinced that "Plan B is better than Plan A" and we are scheduling 2-3 Summercores ("open to everyone") for this coming Summer. Dates are posted on our web page of course at www.summercore.com.

Chapin colleagues and students have been wonderful and things are moving along at the school in terms of technology. We implemented First Class in the summer, nicknaming it GatorNet ("the school sports teams are named the Chapin Gators") and worked at getting the faculty and staff up to speed before the students. We finally got video-conferencing working in December and I am looking forward to re-connecting with my Boston Home friends. I stumbled on a poster at Chapin on the fourth floor titled "Don't Be Afraid of Change" and have been using it throughout the Fall as we contemplate technology changes here at Chapin. You can see the poster and a few of the changes in progress at Chapin at

http://gatornet.chapin.edu/~bergen/changes33a11inwide.gif

And if you really want to read more about Chapin and technology, here is an article from the school's newspaper (Dec 2002)

http://gatornet.chapin.edu/~bergen/paper.gif


In terms of sports, however, I will NEVER change allegiances! One Chapin colleage and friend took me out to a bar in October when the Yankees were playing their first post-season game, inviting me to "see what sports fans in New York do in October." Although the Yankees won that first game, they soon folded and so two weeks later, I invited her to a YEP ("yankees elimination party") telling her that this is what sports fans in Boston do in October ("celebrate the elimination of the Yankees"). Of course, I brought my Larry Bird doll to the party with a sign on his chest that said "Welcome to the YEP!"

Speaking of the Larry Bird doll, I finally convinced friend and former colleague Sid Rowell (headmaster of Gill-St. Bernard's School in New Jersey) to donate his own Larry Bird doll to the Boston Home. Here is a picture of the "clean and pristine" doll with friend Colleen Powers who thinks we should make a rain jacket for the Boston marathon when we take him along with us:

http://gatornet.chapin.edu/~bergen/bhdec2002/colleenandlarry.jpg


Below is a picture of me with the new Larry Bird doll and the writings that my geometry students have done for the Boston Home. With anticipation of having a few Chapin people come up to Boston on April 21st, 2003 to help push our Boston Home friends in the 2003 Boston marathon, I have been having my geometry students use sketchpad to explain basic concepts to the residents at the home.

http://gatornet.chapin.edu/~bergen/bhdec2002/larryatbh-geomposters.jpg


Lynne will finish up her work commitments in June 2003 and then move down to NYC to join me. She hopes to relocate her Sept to June business (http://www.summercore.com/pt) by connecting with several schools in the NYC area. Always more of a sports fan than me, she stopped reading the newspapers after the Patriots lost several key games in December just so that she could avoid being reminded of our misery. Even the wonderful Patriots victory over the Dolphins last Sunday was little consolation to her since the Jets and Giants are in the playoffs. Our daughter Sarah is doing research for an aids foundation while Sam -- whom some of you know -- is a first year student at Conn College in New London CT, fortunately located half way between New York and Boston. Lynne and I frequently stop in New London on our weekly journeys, either leaving the car for Sam or connecting via the Acela train which takes about 4 hours for the full route when it runs on time. I frequently leave the house before 3:30 am on Monday mornings, either driving the full route or leaving the car in New London and catching the 5:33am train. This Monday morning routine gives new meaning to tip#80 from Don't Sweat the Small stuff ("become an early riser").

Speaking of the Acela train, I almost had my 10 minutes of Andy Warhol fame this August when National Public Radio was doing a piece on people who commute from Boston to NY. They had found the "Leaving on an Acela Train" song on our web site

http://www.summercore.com/music/song.html

and wanted to interview me on NPR. Sam and Sarah assure me that they would have given me time to sing the song. Had I known that, I would have said yes, but I stupidly declined the interview! Oh well -- I will add that to the list of dumb things I have done in my life!

Happy 01 01 11 to all of you ... hoping that we will cross paths again and that all is going well with you ... Steve

CIO, The Chapin School (100 East End Avenue, New York, NY 10028)

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p.s. here is my latest song which like all my others, Lynne refuses to listen to!


** Not From the City **


I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi

I'm beginning to feel like a ping pong ball
First in the Summer, then in the Fall
Cause
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi

And no matter how many times I do try
Leaving home each week makes me cry
Cause
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi

A bicycle was named cause it has two wheels
I'm beginning to know how an axle feels
Cause
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi

In the winter, the traveling might get worse
New England winters can really be a curse
Cause
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi

I truly can't wait until the spring
this year has been lots of yang with just a little yin
Cause
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi

And when -- not if -- I should die
Bury half of me in the other place and leave one eye
Cause
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi

But when it comes to sports, I will never be bi
I'll be a Boston fan until I die
Cause
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi
I'm not from the city, I'm not from the suburbs, I'm bi, I'm bi